Before I asked Teresita if I could feature her in the BYF newsletter this month, I took a look at her profile and saw she’d been practicing for exactly a year! Looking at her postures now and after reading her story, I am in awe at the struggles she’s had to push through to come this far in the last 12 months. She is the embodiment of “Bengal Tiger Strength, English Bulldog Determination.” Read on.
How long have been practicing yoga? Since October 2015.
How often do you practice? 3-4x per week.
What changes have you noticed in your practice? I used to struggle in every posture. I felt the heat was too much, 90 minutes was too long. I was always in pain and would have a pity party in my mind every class. My mind wandered constantly.
But as I continue my practice, listening to the words the teacher says, I am always surprised at how my body has changed and that I’m able to do most of the postures. Maybe it’s part of the script or those inspirational and encouraging words from the teacher. There was even one class that flew by; we had just started class, and all of a sudden we were already in our last few postures.
I’ve learned to embrace the heat and take the soreness that I feel after class as a sign that I am moving deeper into my postures, little by little.
Do you have an injury or health condition that yoga has relieved or healed? Yes! I have plantar fascitis, which makes it difficult for me to walk and stand for long periods of time. I was taking pain relievers every day, but realized they weren’t helping me at all. I also had back pain every time I stood up after sitting for a long time.
I felt a bit depressed that all of this was happening to me at such an early stage in my life. When I decided to try Bikram Yoga, I had not expected any of it to be relieved right away. But to my surprise, after my 3rd class, the pain in my heels went away.
Yes, I remember very clearly it was after the 3rd class. That was the day I became convinced that this yoga is a natural healer, and not just another exercise fad.
What daily activities has yoga made a difference in? Yoga has trained my mind and body to respond efficiently to multi-tasking at work. Also, I don’t get bothered if I need to pick something off the floor anymore because I know I can do it without struggling. I even try it with my knees locked. Doing my own little version of yoga while at work!
How is your yoga practice contributing to the rest of your life? My father passed away while I was doing my Intro package. I grieved but decided not to stop practicing. I turned it around, remembering that life is short. You are the only one that can take care of your body and your health. This is an investment in your health! Show that you respect and love your body.
Hundreds of testimonials that I read of people doing Bikram Yoga inspired me to practice. I want to make yoga a part of my life. Something that I need to do to support my family. Just like working for a living.
Do you have a “favorite posture?” “Least favorite?” I’d like to look at all the postures as my favorite because I know they will all benefit my health. I am still struggling on some of them, so I could say those are my least favorite. But I’m not in a hurry. I listen to my body and know that someday I will be able to do all the postures with ease.
What is your most memorable experience in class? It was on the first time of doing yoga. I was about to leave the room after the 5th posture because I felt like I was about to pass out, and I surely was not going to let all these people see me go down!
It was funny how the teacher stopped the class and stopped me from running out of those doors. I thought it was mean and cruel. I stayed and felt a bit embarrassed. But, I am so thankful now that the teacher stopped me and made me realized that leaving the room because of the intense heat is all in your mind. You CAN fight that negative feeling.
What has been your most difficult experience with your yoga practice? Like many other yogis have said, getting to the studio is the hardest part. I also had a lot of difficulty falling asleep after class the first few months. But I learned to relax and calm my mind before going to bed. I’m still working on not making excuses not to go to yoga.
Any additional comments that you would like to mention? I am glad that I decided to do Bikram Yoga and go this location. I tried a different one but I really see and feel the difference going to this location. The moment you step inside the studio, you feel that you’re welcomed, with big smiles from the teachers. You feel like they are happy to see you.
The teachers are so awesome and very professional. They are very inspiring and they praise and encourage the students. Kudos to Kaiyan on how she operates the studio and how she oriented the staff. You will also feel the positive energy of the friendly students. I am happy that I gained more friends!